Archive for February, 2005

one good song!

Saturday, February 26th, 2005

Yesterday I got a package for my birthday with at mix CD in it (Thanks Mel!). On the mix was A fox when out on a stormy night, a song from my childhood.

fox

When I was first born my dad, a new father, sang to me every night before I went to sleep. He had a repertoire of about 10 or 12 songs (well, I don’t actually remember, but for the sake of the story, just play along). It takes a long time to sing that many songs and after a while he would be in a rush, or it would be later than usual, and so we would cut out a couple of songs from the middle. It turned out I didn’t notice, and would still fall asleep. After a few more weeks, he realized that if he just sang the first and the last song, I would still fall asleep.

Then one night he only sang the last song, and low and behold! I still fell asleep just fine, with no complaints! After a little while longer my father realized that if he only sang the first verse of the last song, I would still fall asleep.

The end of the story as my dad tells it is “and to this day, if I sing ‘A fox went out on a stormy night, and prayed to the moon to give him light’ Eleanor will start yawning.

Luckily, the version on this mix is an upbeat bluegrass version, so it shouldn’t put me to sleep.

good times ahead!

Sunday, February 20th, 2005

Happy Birthday to me!

The Somerville Gates

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

I’ve been trying to find time to go see The Gates in Central Park, but now that I’ve seen this maybe I don’t need to.

Visionaries

Thursday, February 17th, 2005

another thought from my performance studies class:

” Revolution is not only won by numbers, but by visionaries, and if artists aren’t visionaries, then we have no business doing what we do. ”
– Cherrie Moraga

“Axis Mundi” or “my leap into performance art”

Monday, February 14th, 2005

This past weekend was the first production I have worked on in the capacity of an actor in three years. I’m not entirely sure what I was thinking when I auditioned (also the first audition I’ve gone to in three years), but it was an amazing project and I’m really glad I did it. And having done it, I seem to have reopened a door I thought I had closed… that is to say, I have another audition on Tuesday.

timelapse

The piece was called Axis Mundi (a reference to the world tree myth). It was a piece created through compiled text, movement, and different storytelling techniques to discuss the relationship between humanity and the environment. It was a “collaborative piece,” which can mean almost anything you want it to, so feel free to fill in the blanks. Whether or not it was actually performance art or not, I’m unsure. I’m still trying to get a working definition of performance art figured out. But from what I do understand, I’m pretty sure Axis Mundi was performance art.

I don’t think I learned very much about trees, but it was a really educational experience in trying to create a nonconventional piece of performance. Also this semester I am taking performance studies, and I keep coming back to this essay I read by Guillermo Gomez-Pena (a border performance artist). He talks about being at art school in California where,

“In the absense of overt social crisis and political immediacy, most art students were involved in their personal process, a notion foreign to third-world artists, yet so prevalent in the United States at the time.”

It seems a fitting commentary on this project and, moreover, my general experience at school.

Anyway, now that the show is done, hopefully I’ll be updating a little more frequently. Or at least not skipping entire weeks… until the next production week.

auditions

Thursday, February 3rd, 2005

Recently I had to sit through the general auditions here as a director. Over 80 people in two days (2 hours the first day, 4 the second roughly) is a little overwhelming. This week I was asked to direct a reading of a student written play. Last night as I was falling asleep and thinking about how I have to cast it now.

I had a dream last night that I was in auditions again. We were in a cave, and even though I was the one trying to cast, everyone else in the room seemed to be running the show (“could you do that line with a southern accent? thanks”). I couldn’t hear anyone’s name, and they were reading sides for Bat Boy the musical. I don’t know ANYTHING about Bat Boy, but everyone kept singing, and I kept thinking “there’s no singing in this reading!”

I think I may have hit on something – I hate auditions.

shout out

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

Emily wanted a shout out.

HI EMILY!!

puppet update

Tuesday, February 1st, 2005

Since getting back to school I got my assignment for the semester long puppetry. We are spending all semester working on pieces (10-15 minutes in length) around the theme of Futurism. We began by reading the Futurist Manifesto by Marinetti, and a series of Futurist plays.

My initial reaction to the futurist manifesto was really negative. It has a huge focus on the glorifying of technology, speed, and looking forward rather than back at history. Marinetti describes museums as cemeteries, and war as the worlds only hygiene. All of those things made me uncomfortable. I like art which reflects and believe that history is a important grounding point for the present. My partner and I ended up creating a piece that was a response to the manifesto.

Today we “finished” out story board, which (like everything else) took longer than expected.

storyboard

protest sketch

Now armed with a notebook full of sketches we are launching into the building process tomorrow.